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No charges filed after 90 dogs removed from property


Ninety dogs were removed from a property in Ripley County near Doniphan Wednesday morning.

The Ripley County Sheriff's Department and Ripley County Prosecutor served a search warrant at a property on Highway Z south of Tucker.

The dogs were medium size, mixed breeds ranging in age from elderly to a litter of one-week-old puppies.

Rescuers could not immediately identify the exact breeds of the dogs because of the severity of mange and hair loss.

The dogs were found in outside pens, a barn and an abandoned house trailer.

Many were thin with severe hair loss, skin infections, eye injuries, and internal and external parasites.  Rescuers believe little to no veterinary care has been provided to the animals, according to the Humane Society of Missouri.

"I'm a dog lover and animal lover, I have dogs at home, and there is just no need in putting the animals through this kind of situation," said Sheriff Ron Barnett. "It's very, very sad when you look into the eyes of these animals and you see, like - help me, I need some help - and they definitely do."

Several decomposing dog carcasses and scattered dog remains also were found on the property.

A veterinarian was on site treating some of the animals in poor condition.

No arrests have been made.

The dogs were taken to the Humane Society of Missouri's Headquarters on Macklind Avenue in St. Louis.

According to Prosecutor Monte Phillips no charges have been filed in the incident.

His office is waiting for report to come back from the veterinarian out of St. Louis Humane Society.

Phillips is hoping to have report by Monday and will make a decision on charges at that point

A disposition hearing to determine permanent custody of the dogs will be held September 7 in Doniphan, Mo

The owners of the property, Jerry and Dana Dobbs released the following statement.

"I want to thank you Channel 12 for the job you do and always been on the side of us here in the heartland.

I'm sorry that my first time to actually meet you live is this particular situation. Thank you for giving me a chance to share my story.

Jerry and I have a tremendous love for animals, dogs especially. In our area, there are many abused, abandon, and homeless dogs. Out of the goodness of our heart and overwhelming compassion we have tried to provide shelter, food, and proper medical care for these dogs. Unfortunately, there has been a misunderstanding and someone has accused us of mistreating and neglecting these pets. I assure you this is not the case.

Jerry and I have sought and continually seek homes for these pets, given consistent veterinary care is late last week by Dr. Fox, and above all we have sought help from large organizations.

If there is any error on our part it is only that our hearts are too big. Again let me say thank you for giving us this chance.

Please be assured I will be happy to answer questions you might have."

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